At halftime, the New Orleans Saints have already put away the Arizona Cardinals, sprinting to a commanding 35-14 lead.
The Cardinals opened the game with a bang, with Tim Hightower sprinting for a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.
The Saints responded with a 9 play, 72-yard drive that demonstrated their dominance over the Cardinals defense with both the running and passing games.
From that point, it was all Saints. The Cardinals have turned the ball over twice, once by fumble and once by interception. They have also punted the ball on two occasions. The only other score by the Cardinals was a Beanie Wells four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Saints have not only dominated on the defensive side of the ball, but the offense has been unstoppable, scoring five times in six possesions. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has posted 192 yards in the first half, including three touchdown tosses, for a 144.2 rating. Reggie Bush has 70 yards on just four carries and took one 46 yards for a score. Lynell Hamilton added a one yard touchdown rush in the first half.
Of significance is the injury to Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. After his second quarter interception throw, Warner ran down the field to defend, only to be clipped from the side with an apparent chest injury. Matt Leinart came in for the last series of the half, throwing five for six with for 47 yards. As the Saints have the ball first in the second half it remains to be seen if Warner will return, or if Leinart will get his chance to shut up his detractors.